Presenter and personality Zeze Millz and Capital Xtra radio DJ Yinka Bokinni are set to host a one-off show for Channel 4’s Black To Front project.

Titled Unapologetic, the show will be a late-night topical discussion programme that will allow Zeze, Yinka and their special guests to talk freely about everything, bringing new perspectives to current debates and topics. Subjects discussed include Black Lives Matter, racism, colourism and social media news, with the two hosts sitting down with guests from the political sphere and popular culture.

The show will be produced by SBTV and Cardiff Productions and is part of Channel 4’s Black To Front Project.

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Fremantle and De Maio Entertainment have signed a partnership with Afua Hirsch’s UK based production company Born In Me with an exclusive global first look deal.

Born In Me Productions is led by award-winning writer, broadcaster and filmmaker Afua Hirsch. The agreement will give Fremantle, in collaboration with De Maio Entertainment, the rights to co-develop, produce, and distribute, scripted and unscripted television and film projects with the production company.

The first project in development is a TV drama series based on the true story of Kweku Adoboli, the former investment banker who was jailed in 2012 after unauthorised losses of $2 billion. The drama will interweave the pressures and emotional complexities of being a black man working in London, becoming criminalised, and battling deportation to a country that he left when he was only four years old. The timely development of the project comes as it reaches the 10th anniversary of his arrest (September 2011). The series will be produced by Hirsch for Born In Me and Tony Tagoe and Danny Damah for TD Afrique Films.

A number of other scripted and non-scripted projects are in development and will be announced in due course.

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Netflix, BBC Partner for Content Featuring and Produced by Disabled  Creatives – Media Play News

The BBC and Netflix have formed a partnership to develop and fund new, ambitious dramas featuring disabled creatives both in front of and behind the camera.

Building on the existing commitments of both the BBC and Netflix, the five year partnership has been designed to increase representation of disabled talent both on-screen and off-screen, to widen the range of stories produced and give disabled writers and creatives greater choice when it comes to the sort of stories they wish to tell.

The BBC and Netflix will consider projects from UK producers that have been created or co-created by writers who identify as deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent. All projects are to be created or co-created by deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent writers. Pitches can draw on any genre, precinct or world.

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It was reported last week that Showtime has given a pilot order to comedy The Wood, based on the 1999 feature film, from Justin Hillian (The Chi, Snowfall), Rick Famuyiwa (The Chi, Dope) and Showtime sibling Paramount Television Studios.

The Wood is an honest look at friendship and dating from the perspective of three young Black males born and raised in the gentrifying L.A. suburb of Inglewood, fondly referred to by locals as the City Of Champions. The trio’s struggles to balance fatherhood, ambition and loyalty force them to question if they are growing apart, or closer together. With a knowing nod back to the characters of the 1999 film on which it is based, this romantic comedy showcases the humour and heart of young Black men and women trying to navigate life, love and likes on the ’Gram.

The 1999 coming-of-age film, co-written by Famuyiwa and Todd Boyd, starred Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones and Taye Diggs in the lead roles.

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Director Nia DaCosta Puts Her Own Spin on Horror Classic 'Candyman' -  Variety

Candyman Director Nia DaCosta Becomes the first Black female filmmaker to top the US box office as it made more than $22 million this past weekend.

Candyman has once again proved that horror is appealing to diverse audiences but drawing in those who have followed Jordan Peele’s (he produced and worked on the script) career. DaCosta, meanwhile, shows no sign of slowing down, moving on to make the MCU sequel The Marvels.

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